While Gas can be an informal term used to describe quality cannabis -- similar to “loud” -- Gas is also the name of at least one proper strain. Breeder Loompa of the San Jose growing operation Platinum Clouds has created a strain called Gas that is thought to be a distinct phenotype of OG Kush. Named for its gasoline-like aroma, this bud has THC levels measured at between 16% and 21%.
Gas is marked by its small flowers that maintain a pine cone-like shape, tapering down from a broad base into a pointed tip. These flowers have a compact and dense structure, with leaves that curl tightly inward toward their central stems. The leaves themselves are a mossy green and are twisted through with vibrant orange hairs (which are actually reproductive structures called pistils, meant to catch pollen from male plants). Finally, Gas’ flowers are crowned by a high volume of glassy white trichomes that give these buds a sticky texture and make them difficult to break up without the use of a quality grinder.
When properly cured, Gas emits a rich, earthy aroma, similar to that of damp soil. Hanging out underneath, there’s also some bright, citrus-like acidity. Grinding up the flowers, meanwhile, pays testament to the strain’s name, releasing strong fumes of diesel and ammonia. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Gas burns with an acrid smoke that may sting the sinuses and palate. This thick smoke tastes woodsy with hints of lemon on the exhale.
Like many other indicas, Gas’ high can be a creeper, sometimes taking up to 15 minutes to reveal its effects. Eventually, consumers may feel a tingling sensation around the temples and jawline as the strain’s initial headrush increases blood pressure. As these sensations abate, they may be supported by a change in sensory perception, with some external stimuli seeming to become more intense or dynamic. Other trippy phenomena include an uncanny feeling of time passing more slowly and a flattening of any visual depth. Those who might be so compelled can push this psychedelic mood even further by turning on a moody album or an engaging movie. While the generally spacey mindset that comes with Gas is not well-suited to concentrating on complex, analytical tasks, it’s right at home when it comes to low-stakes, introspective daydreaming.
As time passes, this bud’s physical effects begin to creep in. Waves of relaxation roll down through the spinal column as muscular tensions are relieved. At this point, deep breathing may happen freely and easily. Eventually, consumers may find their prior worries or preoccupations pushed to the margins as they meld blissfully into their surroundings. If dosage is increased, this sedation can turn into total couchlock, pinning smokers in place and rendering them content while robbing them of any motivation to get up and move. In a properly relaxed set and setting, Gas may even lull users into a fulfilling and restful sleep. Because of its mostly laid-back vibes, this strain is recommended for consumption during evening or night time when it can be fully savored.
Gas can also have applications for many medical cannabis patients. Its uplifting mood can temporarily banish the symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety, while its body high may soothe chronic pain conditions. Anti-inflammatory properties, meanwhile, may reduce everyday irritations like headaches and nausea. As noted, the strain can even counteract insomnia, putting relaxed consumers to sleep.
Because of its general lack of cerebral intensity, Gas may be a good choice for patients who are prone to panic or paranoia; but those who have a low THC tolerance should consume the bud with caution, as its strong body high can cause some disorientation for those unfamiliar with the sensation.
Seeds of Gas are not available online, and growers looking to foster the strain at home should obtain clippings to grow as “clones.” These plants, which tend to grow short and bushy, can thrive indoors or out, although outdoor cultivation calls for a semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climate. Gardeners should look to occasionally “top” their crops, by trimming away broad, light-blocking fan leaves.
If spotted on dispensary shelves, Gas is worth snatching up by indica fans. It’s best saved for a day or evening when you have nothing else to do.